Rosa tomentosa

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeRosaRosa tomentosa


A deciduous shrub with arching or climbing stems, which prefers calcareous to mildly acidic soils and is found on woodland edges and in hedgerows, where it appears to thrive in relatively shady conditions, but also in more open habitats including scrub, rough grassland, disused quarries and less acidic heaths. Lowland.



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 842

Life form information

Height (cm): 300

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 414

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 30

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.